The Virgins: A Novel

The Virgins: A Novel

Pamela Erens


The Virgins is the tale of Aviva Rossner and Seung Jung's erotic awakening at Auburn Academy re-imagined in richly distinctive episodes by means of their classmate Bruce, a once-embittered voyeur, now repentant narrator, whose envy spurs the novel's tragic end.

* a brand new York occasions Editor's selection selection
* A Chicago Tribune Editor's selection selection
* A most sensible booklet of 2013, the hot Yorker
* A most sensible publication of 2013, the recent Republic
* A Critics' selection choice for 2013, Salon
* A top Indie name of 2013, Library Journal
* one in every of Redbook's "Top Ten seashore Reads of 2013"
* certainly one of O Magazine's "Ten Titles to choose Up Now," August 2013
* Featured within the Millions's "Most-Anticipated" checklist 2013
* A "This Week's scorching Reads" choice, The day-by-day Beast
* an arrogance reasonable sizzling sort selection
* The Virgins used to be a finalist for the loo Gardner Award

* Publishers Weekly named The Virgins the most effective boarding university books of all time

It’s 1979, and Aviva Rossner and Seung Jung are infamous at Auburn Academy. They’re an not likely pair at an elite East Coast boarding college (she’s Jewish; he’s Korean American) and hardly ever shy in terms of their sexuality. Aviva is a previously bookish woman trying to find liberation from an unsatisfied formative years; Seung is an enthusiastic dabbler in medicinal drugs and a covert insurgent opposed to his challenging immigrant mom and dad. within the minds in their titillated classmates―particularly that of Bruce Bennett-Jones―the couple lives in a realm of natural, indulgent excitement. yet, as is frequently the case, their fabled dating is extra complex than it kind of feels: regardless of their lust and urgency, their virginity continues to be intact, and as they try to appreciate one another, the connection spirals into disaster.

The Virgins is the tale of Aviva and Seung’s descent into confusion and disgrace, as re-imagined in richly specific episodes through their classmate Bruce, a once-embittered voyeur grew to become repentant narrator. With unflinching honesty and breathtaking prose, Pamela Erens brings a clean voice to the culture of the good boarding tuition novel.

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